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Charles Vane
Captain vane
Vital statistics
Title Captain
Steward of the fort
Gender Male
Status Alive
Ships Ranger

Fancy

Relationships Jack Rackham (Ex-Crewmen)
Anne Bonny (Ex-Crewmen)
Eleanor Guthrie (Lover)
Appearances First: I.
Portrayed by Zach McGowan
Gallery Charles Vane Gallery
"Are you as surprised as I am that I'm the only one here behaving myself?"
―Charles Vane to Eleanor Guthrie[src]

Charles Vane is Captain of the pirate ship Ranger. Possibly the next great pirate captain on New Providence Island, he is known for his vicious temper as well as his tremendous financial success. After losing his ship and most of his crew, he killed Albinus and became the new leader of his crew. Eventually, he returned to Nassau and took control of Captain Hornigold's fort. He allowed Eleanor Guthrie to take Abigail Ashe to Captain Flint but later followed Flint to Charles Town so he could steal Flint's ship. Once Flint was captured by the authorities, Vane decided to save him.

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

In his youth, Vane was a child laborer, held captive by Albinus. At some point he escaped from captivity, but due to the fact that it is unclear when exactly he escaped, it was most likely as a young boy because his former captain, although remembering his former slave's name, did not recognize him.

At some time in his adult life, Vane became a pirate, joining a growing pirate community on New Providence Island. It was there where he met Jack Rackham and his lover, Anne Bonny, who joined his crew, the former becoming his quartermaster. Sometime between his becoming of a pirate and early 1715, Vane obtained the Ranger, which he made his flagship.

Season OneEdit

Vane first appeared in the series during the confrontation between Singleton and Mosiah. When Mosiah announced his intention to support Captain Flint over Singleton, Vane had Mosiah killed. Though outwardly appearing to support Singleton for Captain of the Walrus, his true motive was much different. Vane hoped that when Singleton was elected Captain and subsequently failed at it, that the capable crew of the Walrus would defect and join Vane's own ever growing pirate crew.

When Eleanor found out that Vane had a part in Mosiah's death, she confronted him and punched him in the face. Vane responded by punching her in the face. He followed her into her room and Eleanor explained that he had screwed her over by backing Singleton over Flint. When Eleanor threatened to no longer sell any booty Vane brought back to Nassau, he responded by telling her that her father was the one who would make that decision and that her father would always choose profits over his daughter. Before he left, Vane told Eleanor that he had loved her once and to never strike him again in public or else he might forget that love and do something far worse to her.

When Rackham approached Vane about the possibility of buying the supposed schedule of the Urca de Lima, Vane was initially skeptical, but allowed Rackham to take 5,000 pesos of the crew's money to buy the schedule. When Vane and Rackham met with Max to discuss the transfer, Vane assaulted her, thinking that she was trying to cheat them out of their money with a worthless document.

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Vane assaults Max.

Max told Vane that she was legit and that he could purchase the schedule from a man (John Silver) later that night at a location outside Nassau. When Vane showed up to purchase the schedule, he became enraged and killed Silver's proxy, spooking Silver. When Silver was spotted by members of the Walrus crew, he ran way, forcing Vane and Rackham to chase him. During the chase, Rackham fell from some rocks into the ocean and lost the 5,000 pesos. Flint's crew would eventually find Silver before Vane could.

Though unsuccessful in getting the schedule, Vane and his crew were invited to act as consort to the Walrus in the expedition to take down the treasure ship. Vane agreed and for once actually behaved himself, impressing his former lover Eleanor. However, Vane was harboring a secret from Eleanor. He had captured Max and was allowing her to be abused by members of his crew. Vane eventually told Rackham to clean her up, and sneak her off the island after dark but his attempt failed when they were stopped by several of the Ranger's crew. When Eleanor found out, she banished Vane from ever again operating a pirate crew in Nassau and forced many of the members of his crew to join Flint's crew.

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Noonan's men prepare to shoot Vane.

The loss of his ship and crew devastated Vane, who fell into an opium and drink induced fog, where he was constantly getting in fights with people. Visions of Eleanor would eventually bring him partly out of the terrible shape he was in. While in his fog, he kept seeing the apparition of a very large man staring at him. Vane followed the man through the streets of Nassau, but he would keep disappearing as Vane grew close. Eventually, Vane found himself in a narrow ally where he was confronted by Noonan and his men. Noonan owned the local brothel and was angry that Vane had taken away his most prized whore: Max. Noonan ordered that Vane be shot, but the pistol misfired. Vane took this opportunity to fight against his attackers and killed Noonan. With Noonan dead, Vane and Rackham took control of the brothel.

Unexpectedly, Vane took a skiff one night and sailed to an unknown location. While he was gone, Captain Hornigold more or less forced Eleanor to rescind her ban on Vane. However, he would soon be left without much of a crew when Eleanor and Bonny conspired to kill Hamund, who had been abusing Max. In the act of killing Hamund, they also killed seven other members of Vane's crew that had remained loyal to him.

Vane went to see Albinus, a former pirate now lumberer. Albinus used to own Vane as a child laborer. Vane negotiated with Albinus to get some men for a new crew to help him take Nassau. He offered to give Albinus four shares for the men that he would get in return. However, while Vane was giving a speech to his new men, he told them that Ablinus was weak and that if they joined him they would become strong and feared as they once were.
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Vane after killing Albinus.

However, Vane was overheard by Albinus and attacked. Albinus beat him nearly to death and had him stripped and thrown into a shallow grave. However, Vane was still alive and hearing Eleanor's voice inside his head giving him encouragement; he climbed out of the grave. He approached Albinus from behind and stabbed him through the back with a wooden stake, killing him.

With a whole slew of men at his disposal, Vane returned to Nassau and quickly took over Hornigold's fortress that overlooks Nassau. With control of the fortress, Vane essentially controlled Nassau. When confronted by Eleanor, Charles demanded Hornigold’s spot on the consortium and a share of the profits that her new Consortium would collect. When Eleanor tells him that his actions will not be accepted, Vane tells her that if they should decide to attempt an attack, he'll start sinking ships in the harbor. Without any options, she agreed and Vane became a partner in the Consortium.

Season Two Edit

Vane takes a pretty half-assed approach to being a partner in the Consortium. When he does attend the meetings, he disparages the other partners as weak.

When Ned Low openly defies Eleanor, she implores Vane to assist her and tells him that there is a very valuable cargo on Low's ship, but she doesn't know what exactly. Vane asks Max to find out what Low's crew is holding that is so special, and she asks in exchange for him to forgive Rackham and Bonny so that they may sail again. When she gleans the information about Abigail Ashe, Vane meets with Rackham and Bonny in the brothel, and states his intentions to repair their reputations. Vane then shakes Rackham's hand and gives him a hug that all can see.

Vane goes to Low’s ship, with a ruse to offer him a partnership. Once in his cabin, the two begin to fight, whilst above decks Vane's crew is silently killing Low's crew. Vane comes out on top of the fight and beheads Low. He then places Low's head upon a stake with a sign that reads "I angered Charles Vane". After seeing Low's head, Eleanor goes to the fort to, ahem, “thank” Vane. When they are finished, Vane takes Eleanor to where he is holding Abigail Ashe and who will surely pull a handsome reward.

Flint returns to Nassau in the Spanish Man O' War to find the new situation, and immediately starts planning to remove Vane from his fortress. Diplomacy is not really either man’s forte – Flint demands he leave the fortress or else, Vane say no – so pretty soon Flint’s ship is pounding the fortress.

Soon, Vane decides on his usual solution to any problem, he’ll go kill Flint. He tracks Flint to Eleanor's tavern, and the two men trade blows with each other, until they are interrupted by Eleanor Guthrie who fires a shot from a musket in their direction. She demands the two men negotiate a solution. Flint tells Vane that he will stand his men down from attacking the fortress in exchange for Abigail Ashe, but Vane demands the Spanish Man O’ War in exchange. Flint refuses. Vane leaves the meeting, but afterwards Eleanor assures Flint that everything will work out and that Vane will agree to the terms.

Eleanor goes to the fortress, and tries to convince Vane to give up the girl, but he’s not interested. She then decides on HER usual solution to any problem, she’ll betray her ally. She sleeps with Vane, and then quietly takes the keys. She goes to the cell where Abigail is kept and the two flee through the tunnels beneath the fortress. As she is locking the final gate, Vane appears. He tells Eleanor that he killed Low's crew for her. He tells Eleanor if she takes Abigail, his men will turn on him and kill him. Finally, he tells her if she walks away with the girl, she will surely hear from him again. Despite Vane's pleas, Eleanor locks the gate and walks away with Abigail.

Vane kills Eleanor’s father Richard Guthrie, and leaves his crucified corpse in the fortress, with a note explaining that Guthrie was trying to return Nassau to English rule, and therefore deserved a traitor’s death. Vane and his crew then abandon the fortress, and track the Spanish Man O’ War to Charles Town.

Vane and his crew sneak onto the Man O’ War, while Flint is negotiating Abigail Ashe's exchange in Charles Town. Many of Flint's crew are killed, and the rest captured. Vane states that he’s here to collect the Man O’ War he was promised in exchange for Abigail.

Thanks to John Silver’s attempts to sabotage the ship, Vane is still in the harbour when the Charleston authorities approach to tell them that Flint has been arrested, and that the ship must leave or be sunk. To everyone’s surprise, Vane proposes that they rescue Flint, because if one of the most feared pirate captains in Nassau is hung then nobody will ever fear the pirates of Nassau again. Many of Vane’s crew express reservations, but Vane take his most loyal men to Charles Town, leaving the rest to guard the ship with his right-hand-man Jenks.

In Charles Town, Vane allows himself to be captured. He is taken to Flint's trial, where he states that he wants to be a character witness for Flint. He brings with him Abigail's diary that she wrote during her trip to Charles Town wherein she expressed admiration for Flint and the other pirates.

Meanwhile, on the outskirts of the town, Vane's men climb up the walls of the city and take out the gun crews who are standing guard. They turn the cannons and open fire on the town. During the chaos that ensues, Flint and Vane flee. They fight their way to the jetty and begin to escape on a row boat. As Charles Town authorities prepare to fire on them, the Man O' War opens fire.

Flint and Vane make it back to the Man O’ War, where Flint’s crew have managed to turn on Jenks and his men. Flint orders that all of Vane's men be released and that they all fire indiscriminately at Charles Town.

PersonalityEdit

Charles Vane is a fearless, violent, aggressive, and passionate man. While Vane is intelligent, he tends to think with his fists before his head. He believes in using strength and fear to lead others, and is very successful with these methods. Vane was raised a slave, and this fuels his desire to never be bound to servitude again, either personally, or on a grander scale Nassau which symbolizes freedom.

Vane is a skilled and cunning fighter, one of the best in the series. In addition to being a master swordsmen, Vanes skill in a fistfight is almost without equal, as he has only lost to Albinus in single combat. Vane is also and excellent marksman, and as a Captain he is rivalled only by Flint. This was proven when the two engaged in a close quarters fight that only ended due to Elanor's intervention.

Make no mistake, Vane may be an impulsive brute now and then but he is extremely intelligent, cunning, observational and understands the ways of power better than most. He was one of the few people who saw how vulnerable Eleanor's position was, why Ned Lowe was dangerous to Nassau and why Flint had to be saved. Thus, Vane's animalistic cunning and ruthless fighting skills leave him a force to be reckoned with.

TriviaEdit

  • Charles Vane was a historical pirate who terrorized the seas during the Golden Age of Piracy aboard his ship the Ranger.
  • Charles Vane is left-handed.
  • The unique brand on his chest is the brand that Albinus gave to all of his child laborers.

Memorable QuotesEdit

" But make no mistake about it, whatever future this place has left, I'm it."
―Vane to Eleanor Guthrie[src]
" You don't know me, but you once did, when I was the lowest among you. Now I return, and I offer you a chance to be free of this place. I'm Charles Vane and you were a strong crew once, proper pirates, feared as you should have been, before he dragged you away from the sea, before he convinced you to live here like animals because it suits his weaknesses. There is a place not far from here where strong men live lives of pleasure, not labor. A place where you could be feared and respected once again. Follow me and I will show you what life is."
― Vane to his new crew.[src]
"You spend enough time on an island, you forget there's a whole world out there."
―Charles Vane to Eleanor[src]
"When I take something from a man – his ship, his money, his life – I don’t hide behind a clerk. I don’t hide behind the law. I don’t hide behind anything."
―Vane to Eleanor, XIV

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